Five Ways to Clear the Decks

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

I’m a little late writing this post this morning because I’ve spent the past 45 minutes clearing the decks. When I sat down at my desk this morning, it looked like it had been through a hurricane. I’ve got lots of reasons (excuses) for that. I’ve been away on business a lot this past month, we have ... Read & React

Meeting the Needs of Women in the Workplace

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I want to highlight the Office of Personnel Management’s commitment to ensuring that all women—and men—are offered the flexibilities they need to be productive, satisfied members of the Federal workforce. OPM encourages agencies to help their employees balance ... Read & React

Science Has Found the Emotion You Need to Stay Healthy

The Northern Lights over Alaska inspire awe in many.
by Kabir Chibber

A link has long been proven between negative moods and ill health. But how do positive moods affect us physiologically? Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, set out to discover exactly that when they tracked emotions such as compassion, joy, love, and so on versus the levels of ... Read & React

4 Ways to Engage the Next Generation of Government Talent

With shrinking budgets and an aging workforce, government organizations face several unique challenges in building their next generation of leaders. Baby boomers are reaching retirement age, taking skills and knowledge as they leave, and morale is decreasing, fueled by work and pay freezes during ... Read & React

Five of Government's Top Social Media Accounts

Government social media accounts, if there’s one thing we know, it’s that they’re here to stay. Corner Alliance has talked about trends in digital government, the issues of convincing government employees to take advantage of social media, and also how to go about measuring digital in government. ... Read & React

Batter Up: 5 Things Workforce Planners Can Learn From Fantasy Baseball

It’s that time of year again. Baseball superfans know what I’m talking about. It’s time to draft your fantasy baseball team. If you’re like millions of Americans, you’re grabbing your peanuts and Cracker Jacks and getting ready for an exciting season. For many, the fantasy draft isn’t a ... Read & React

Seeking Ambassadors of Performance and Results

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Over the past two decades, the performance movement has made steady progress. It has resulted in a focus on results via strategic and annual operating plans, a supply of performance information to track progress of these plans, a demand for performance information through quarterly reviews of ... Read & React

Are You the Fire Hose or the Nozzle?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

As you enter into countless live and virtual conversations this week, here’s a question to consider. Are you the firehose or the nozzle? Here’s a quick description of each and a few ways to tell the difference. To get the mental picture of a fire hose, imagine the real thing hooked up to a fire ... Read & React

Six Things You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less to Be More Productive

I am naturally driven to push through a challenge. When my work to-do list looks like a mass of deadlines, I sacrifice many other important things for the sake of getting it all done. When I’m sick, tired, or unfocused I like to pretend I’m the Energizer Bunny, continuing to move ahead at all ... Read & React

All the Reasons Why Emotionally Intelligent People Are So Happy at Work

by Travis Bradberry

Let’s face it, happiness and work do not tend to go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study, which reported data from more than 180 million people, found that just 13% of us consider ourselves to be “happily engaged at work.” Those who do rate themselves as happy are 36% more motivated, six times more ... Read & React